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Faces & Names: CNN reporter posts layoff video

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Lisa Dejardins posted a video of her final sign off from CNN on Thursday as she prepared to leave the building after being laid off.

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Dejardins, a reporter for CNN.com who was not an on-air personality, compares the mass goodbye emails from laid off CNN employees to the personal ones, finding a wide discrepancy in the general tone and niceness between the two, and expresses her disappointment CNN’s decision to get rid of a congressional reporter given the bipartisan struggle in the Capitol.

However, CNN is in the midst of expanding its digital staff in Washington, D.C., as it prepares for the 2016 presidential race. The news giant recently recruited Politico alum Rachel Smolkin as executive editor for politics to spearhead an elaborate digital initiative. Dejardins’ departure was part of a restructuring of CNN’s Washington bureau and not part of the buyout offer.

According to reports, CNN president Jeff Zucker told employees in a news meeting that the network was “going to do less and have to do it with less.”

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